Season in Review: Cross Country
While most cross-country meets are winding down for the season, the Roanoke College team is pushing above and beyond the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, moving on to the NCAA Southeast Regional competition. Both cross-country teams’ most recent meet was held on November 2 at the Manor Golf Course in Farmville, VA. The women’s team came away placing fifth while the men placed sixth.
In men’s, Roanoke College was beat out by Bridgewater who scored a total of 50 points, closely followed by Lynchburg and Washington & Lee some thirty points higher. As for the best individual time, Guilford’s Andris Goncarvos was awarded that honor with a 26:19.00 time. Overall, Roanoke College was placed sixth out of the eleven teams with a score of 136.
The most notable mention within the team came from the excellence of Roanoke’s top runner, Harrison Toney, who earned Second Team All-ODAC honors for his overall placement in ninth and a 26:57 finish.
The head coach, Finn Pincus, told Roanoke College’s sports columnist, Richard Bramblet, shortly after the meet completed, “We had many good performances today. Unquestionably, the biggest improvement on the men’s side came from senior Drew Landgren.” Drew’s contribution came in as the third scorer with a 29:29.20 time, placing 34th.
As for the women’s teams, Bridgewater also took the first place standing, both overall and individual. Roanoke College’s fifth placement was out of ten teams with a score of 148 points. Kerri Dalton received the highest distinction as the team leader and by being named the ODAC Rookie of the Year. She completed her race, placing in 15th with a 25:37.40 time.
Pincus particularly referenced the two women who finished with times 29:18.10 and 29:30.00, “On the women’s side, the efforts of Margot Warner and Gillian Lowe were clutch performances.”
The next cross-country meet will occur on November 16th in Newport News, VA as the start to the NCAA Southeast Regional competition. Consider making the extra journey and come out to support their 11:00 AM start time.